Photography

Toss Your Camera (Photography)

August 11th, 2010

Camera toss photography is a relatively unknown technique, but its title alone is a good explanation of the photography technique. Yes, photographers literally throw their camera in the air after doing necessary shutter adjustments to achieve beautiful and original images.

In this post we present original examples of camera toss photography. Please notice: you may feel inspired to experiment with this technique yourself, but please be careful and start with an old camera to minimize the damages. Before starting, don’t forget to check some tips and techniques of toss photography to have a better understanding of how it works — they are listed in the end of the post.

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Camera Toss Photography

camera tossing

camera tossing

Camera Toss 1.3

Camera Toss 1.3

a proper camera toss

a proper camera toss

Light blue

Light blue

Camera Toss

Camera Toss

DSCN0094

DSCN0094

DSCN0634

DSCN0634

Looped TV.

Looped TV.

Camera Toss Red drops

Camera Toss Red drops

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DSC05000

Camera toss @ the bridgewater hall

Camera toss @ the bridgewater hall

DSCN0592

DSCN0592

fusion 2

fusion 2

Camera Toss 480

Camera Toss 480

Camera Toss

Camera Toss

DSCN0330

DSCN0330

CTS15

CTS15

CTS18

Fallen Leaf

Camera Toss at Sunset

Camera Toss at Sunset

Camera toss

Camera toss

My first camera toss part 4

My first camera toss part 4

Camera Toss #2

Camera Toss #2

Camera Toss 1

Camera Toss 1

Camera Toss

Camera Toss

011/365: Camera Toss Extravaganza

011/365: Camera Toss Extravaganza

Artsy Camera Toss

Artsy Camera Toss

Stairwell Camera-Toss

Stairwell Camera-Toss

frequency

frequency

Camera Toss

Camera Toss

Camera Toss

Camera Toss

Camera Toss 147

Camera Toss 147

Camera Toss 131 – Galaga

Camera Toss 131 - Galaga

Camera catch

Camera catch

Camera Toss: Trees and Sky

Camera Toss: Trees and Sky

Kinetic 1566

Kinetic 1566

More information

Snap a Camera-Toss Picture

Camera Toss: Mini-HOWTO

_nod’s tossing guide for beginners.

Camera Tossing (Video)

Camera Toss Photography Technique

Camera Toss – HowTo

Camera Toss Photography

The Art of Camera Toss Photography

How To Take a Camera-Toss Photo (Video)

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29 comments for „Toss Your Camera (Photography)
  1. brian on August 11th, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Interesting to look at, and if anyone out there is ok with me throwing their slr in the air give me a shout. I worked too hard and saved for too long to risk damaging mine. Cool post though.

  2. Elliott the web design guy on August 11th, 2010 at 5:03 am

    I tried this technique in the day time when I could actually see my camera to catch it. I got some pretty effective results… haven’t been confident enough to do it in the dark yet though, could be an expensive shot to take!

  3. esranull on August 11th, 2010 at 5:21 am

    very very nice photo thanks for sharing

  4. Chris on August 11th, 2010 at 6:02 am

    You could always attach a rope, or even your dog’s leash to the normal neck strap so that you can still get distance yet have the ability to save your camera if something goes wrong. I plan on trying this out tonight!

    • "EAJ" on August 11th, 2010 at 9:03 am

      This approach falls within the domain of kinetic photography but violates the basic rule of toss photography, specifically, the camera must be aloft and untethered while the shutter is open. Six or eight of the images in this compilation show the telltale signs of tethered tossing – interrupted smooth lines being the most obvious sign. (Interruption of smooth lines can also be arise in true tosses due to lens wobble.)

  5. Rafiq Elmansy on August 11th, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Totally amazing!!

  6. Jamie on August 11th, 2010 at 8:05 am

    So rad. I love it.

  7. Niubi on August 11th, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Wow, who would have thought such a random way of taking photographs would get such awesome results? Might want to buy a spare camera from DubLi in case it all goes horribly wrong, though….

    • "EAJ" on August 11th, 2010 at 8:57 am

      Initially, for me, composition was “random” but with thousands of tosses behind me I can say that directed composition is attainable.

  8. Bryan McAnulty on August 11th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Some very interesting shots here. For anyone who wants to try this, but doesn’t want to risk damaging their camera:
    1. Try using an older camera if you have one.
    2. Put some kind of pillow or cushion for it to land on in case you don’t catch it.
    3. Put the camera in a case.

  9. Elonwy on August 11th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Very interesting! I never thought that tossing my camera (with some skills of course) could capture such beautiful images!

  10. Hermitbiker on August 11th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    ….. astonishing results from the “tossing” of your camera…. I hope it’s not an expensive one…. lmao !!

  11. Design Dazzling on August 11th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Really amazing result

  12. Hypesol on August 11th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Awesome images

  13. Raelin on August 11th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Will definitely try this out! Amazing effects.

  14. Richa khanna on August 12th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Hey i tried it once and damaged my camera. Although its a fascinating photography technique but be careful.

  15. Egidius Heerkens on August 13th, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Original concept, and some nice psychedelic images. I’m afraid i’m not going to try it with my SLR ;-)

    All the best

    Egidius Heerkens (eheerkens.com)

  16. jeanne on August 13th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    FO! I’m elated to find you all!
    Hundreds of people will tell you, I’ve been going this technique — with my traditional cameras/film — for 35 years. [PLEASE don’t tell my husband how I got all those shots! He’s the only one I’ve tried to keep the technique a secret from.] Now, I use my digital camera for the same purpose.

    I am so spazzed to hear of others doing it, too!!
    Thanks for publishing the info. If you hadn’t shared, I wouldn’t have know others are ‘crazy’ w the camera, too.

  17. Terry Talbot on August 14th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I’m a pro photographer based in Madison WI. The photos in the article are interesting to view, and the concept interesting to ponder. Instead of tossing in the towel, toss up (and hopefully grab) the camera. How about the quick pass/toss to a friend across the room? Why throw your money around when you can throw your camera instead! Wonder how this works with underwater photography?

  18. Julie on August 16th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I’ve done this technique. Sort of. Just holding my camera and moving it around really fast works, too :P

  19. Eric E. Anderson on August 19th, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Thanks for including my “Camera Toss: Trees & Sky” photo in this write-up. I’m flattered :)

  20. Camera Recovery on August 31st, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    This is such an interesting technique of photography. But I think besides being a good photographer you need to be a good catcher as well.

  21. Photo recovery on September 30th, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Its really interesting technique of photography. I never used this but i will try…

  22. Telephoto Lens Rental on October 28th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Amazing! amazing! amazing!!! A short note to say THANKS and thanks to sharing with us!!!

  23. Andrew Buckle on December 14th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    wow.. beautiful photos. I have tried similar (with an inexpensive camera as I am never sure if I am going to catch the camera) – inspiring photos

  24. canon ef lenses on December 22nd, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Thanks for including my “Camera Toss: Trees & Sky” photo in this write-up. I’m flattered :)

  25. Digital Cameras on January 17th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    wow…can U tell me how did this……

  26. Alba Marrim on June 26th, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Thanks.

  27. "EAJ" on August 11th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    dSLR tossing isn’t a problem when coupled with dSLR catching : ) View the video below and notice how the photographer cushions the impact of the catch. Ultimately dSLR’s provide better images (easier to focus, better dynamic range), but I certainly understand one’s reluctance to loft an expensive tool into the arms of gravity.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/eajames/4546967521/in/set-72157612290765251/